Saturday, 28 November 2020

Parents urged to park more considerately

PARENTS of pupils at a Wargrave school are being urged to park more considerately when dropping

PARENTS of pupils at a Wargrave school are being urged to park more considerately when dropping off and picking up their children.

Streets around Robert Piggott Junior School in School Hill as well as the infant school in nearby Beverley Gardens become congested at opening and closing times.

More than 40 per cent of pupils are from outside the village, so they come by car.

The school has suggested introducing of a voluntary one-way system during busy times but parish councillors are against the idea and say the problem is caused by thoughtless parents. Councillor Philip Davies said: “The audience we need to talk to is parents driving those cars, it’s not general traffic. Wargrave is so small that if you do one thing in one area there is a knock-on effect. It needs to be very carefully thought out.’

Councillor Marion Pope, a former Robert Piggott governor, said some drivers parked on double yellow lines, putting children walking to and from school at risk.

She said: “We are trying to get the police to deal with cars that come from Silverdale Road to the school and park. We need some enforcement of the double yellow lines. It’s a dangerous area because we have children walking down there.’

Parish clerk Stephen Hedges said the voluntary system proposed by the school would cause confusion and would be difficult to enforce.

“There is a problem with parking at the school but maybe this isn’t the solution,’ he said. “The idea is to keep traffic moving by only having left-hand turns and parking on one side of the road but it will only work if it’s not voluntary.

“The police will only look at parking when it’s dangerous. We also need to consider that school traffic isn’t the only traffic that uses this road.’

Sally Akers, executive headteacher for the junior and infant schools, said: “We are very grateful to the parish council for considering a solution to congestion around the schools at drop-off and pick-up times. We will continue to work in partnership to improve traffic management in the area.’

Meanwhile, the two schools have asked the council for permission to erect a shed on Mumbery Field to store sports equipment.

Cllr Pope said: “There are so many children at the junior school now that there isn’t enough room for them all in the playground. They have been taking the older children across to the field but they have to carry bats and balls almost every time.’

The land is subject to a covenant preventing development but the council said it would try to find a solution.

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